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Regular physical activity improves your health and well-being. It has benefits for all ages and abilities including reducing your risk of developing many chronic diseases, increasing your energy, improving your self-esteem, and improving your sleep.
We want to help you and your family be physically active every day by providing information about:
Being physically active is a great way to maintain and improve your overall health. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines were developed by experts in the area of physical activity. They outline the amount and type of physical activity that offer health benefits for each age group:
The Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines provides recommendations for Canadian children and youth on limiting inactive behaviour during “free” time.
In order to reduce health risks, children and youth should:
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines can be paired with the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the same age to help you and your family plan to be active very day.
Physical activity, as part of a healthy lifestyle, offers a range of benefits for all ages and abilities. Following the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines will:
Physical activity has many benefits and is an important part of healthy pregnancy. Consult with your primary healthcare provider before starting physical activity during pregnancy.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) provides guidelines on physical activity during pregnancy to promote the pregnant individual’s, fetal and neonatal health. The CSEP guidelines are available in English and French.
Walking is one activity that can help you achieve benefits in your health. It is easy to do and can be done by people of all ages. Find more health benefits and information on walking.
Cycling in Toronto is a great, low-cost and environmentally friendly way to get around. Have fun while adding physical activity into your day!
There are many free programs at your local community recreation centre.
The City of Toronto events calendar has lots of free and low-cost activities to help you have fun while getting active.
Toronto Public Health can help you start a community walking group in your agency or workplace.
Toronto Public Health can provide you with ideas and resources on how to get active at home, at work, in community or at school.
Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada for tips on how to get more active for each age group.